Henri-Pierre Danloux

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Baron de Besenval in his Study by Henri-Pierre Danloux, 1791. National Gallery, London
Henri-Pierre Danloux, Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, in a Grey Coat, oil on canvas.

Henri-Pierre Danloux (February 24, 1753 – January 3, 1809) was a French painter and draftsman.

He was born in Paris. Brought up by his architect uncle, Danloux was a pupil of Lépicié and later of Vien, whom he followed to Rome in 1775. In 1783, he returned to Lyon and Paris, where he was patroned by the Baronne Mégret de Sérilly d'Etigny, who secured for him a number of important portrait commissions exclusively for the aristocracy. He emigrated to London in 1792 thereby escaping the French Revolution and its potential consequences.

While in England, he was commissioned for portraits of the officer class and the Well-to-Do. Members of one such family, the Lamberts of Oxforshire, engaged the master in 1800 and had sittings for its individual members: father, mother and son (Henry John Lambert, Bt.), himself, later in life, serving in the Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards, a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and High Sheriff [Peter Lambert from a letter - Pawsey & Payne, 1973]. Danloux, returned to Paris in 1801, there resuming his career.[1]

Danloux was influenced by fashionable English portrait painters such as Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830), John Hoppner (1758–1810), and George Romney (1734–1802). In 1793, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London which resulted in commissions from a number of British patrons. Danloux died in Paris in 1809.

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Pawsey & Payne, Fine Art Dealers: Valuations and Restoration, 1 Bury Street, St. James's, London S.W. Letter of Valuation dated April 12, 1973 (The portrait of the son, Sir Henry John Lambert Bt., "...is illustrated and recorded in Baron Roget's book on Danloux and family records refer to the sittings.")

  • Olivier Meslay,« Henry-Pierre Danloux (1753-1809), sa carrière avant l’exil en Angleterre », Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire de l’Art Français, Paris, 2007 (année 2006), p. 209-244.
  • Olivier Meslay, « L’enrichissement d’un fonds ancien de la collection Jacques Doucet : les archives Portalis et Danloux », Les Nouvelles de l’INHA, Décembre 2009, p. 18-21.
  • Olivier Meslay, "La famille d’Etigny et le peintre Henri-Pierre Danloux", Bulletin de la Société archéologique du Gers, 2004/4, p. 459-465.

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